Monday, May 9, 2011


I have a bit of type A in me. Most of us do. Last weekend, I threw that structured, non-impulsive side of me to the wind. It was Friday afternoon and David would be home in an hour. I started thinking about our weekend. What should we do? Sitting in the house with two youngsters never goes well and we often end up stressed and unhappy by the time Sunday rolls around if we never get out and about.

Columbus zoo popped in my mind. Why not drive up there and spend time together, just the four of us, as a family. I called David and proposed my idea thinking he'd be like, "This weekend?" Nope. He said it sounded great and he thought we should leave when he got home and stay the night up there.

That's just what we did. David got home at 5:30 and we hit the road at 6:00. I didn't tell the kids where we were going until we were on our way. Parker was so excited about the animals. Graham was so excited about Parker's excitement.

We got to the hotel around 9:30ish and I tried to put the boys down immediately. They got all hyper when we first arrived because it was a new place, but I shut down all the fun when I turned the lights out. I was happily surprised how well Graham did in his pack-n-play because he barely fits in there now. He wanted it next to the to Parker. Those two are something.

We got an early start in the morning thanks to Graham, and after hitting McDonald's for breakfast (sounds delicious, eh?), we were on our way to the zoo.
Because the boys got less that 12 hours like a typical night, they fell asleep on the way to the zoo. Both of them. Out like a light.

It was such a fun day with them. I just LOVE making memories like that will my boys. Though it was cold, it was a beautiful day.

 He went all by himself and was very proud that he didn't need mommy by his side. My baby is growing up!
 Graham could care less about the goats. He just wanted to throw hay.
 We got him to brush the goat for like .5 seconds before launching it across the barnyard.
 He liked the sheep.
 If you look close, you can see David's hand shoving the boys' heads through the holes. I was wondering why they were being so still.
 Parker likes to roar. He roars at everything. All day. It's obnoxious and cute all at the same time.
 Elephant love.
 This was taken right before Graham decided to nap. He was over the zoo.
 Parker did so good feeding the birds!
 Graham just wanted to share his passy.

 My little bug.
 Sad monkey. I wanted to cheer it up.
 Finally succumbed to the sleep deprivation. I love his itty bitty nose.

 Yeah. He did put his arm around the cardboard man. I am married to the guy who does that kind of thing.
 On the train with Daddy.
 Momma's a little too passionate about the train ride.
 Graham has his passy in every picture. I promise. I really am starting to break him. I should really say I am starting to break me :)
  Ice cream was the perfect end to a spontaneous family day at the zoo.


Tracy said...

We've been talking about going up to the zoo since this time last year. It looks like a blast!

We Don't Eat Bugs said...

Have I mentioned how much I miss you? Looks like a ton of fun!

Caimbrin said...

Graham looks like a big boy! Holy Cow!!

Heidi Mitchell said...

Looks like Parker was in his element! Fun stuff. Yay for spontaneity!